After a five-game home stand to begin the 2013 season, the Big Red finally pack their bags and get on the road to Indiana. It does not appear that there will be great competition as Nebraska encounters a Boilermaker team that is the mirror opposite in record at 1-4. Most in West Lafayette certainly wonder where wins will be found this season, even with 7 returning starters on offense and 8 on defense. A win for first year head coach Darrell Hazell is not likely against the Cornhuskers.
Purdue will have had a bye week to prepare for the arrival of Nebraska, but it will not help. Look for a young and inexperienced Blackshirt defense to be more than enough against this Purdue offense with limited talent. If the Blackshirts could rattle a tried and tested Scheelhasse, how much more will they give happy feet to freshman QB Danny Etling? Add the potency of a Husker offense with TA, Ameer, Bell, Enunwa and friends, and the game should only be close at the opening kickoff.
Pumpkin Shuckers: 17
Enjoy this road vacation. It gets worse from here.
No doubt this might be as easy as it gets. The boys of the Corn will grow in this game like the ones previous, but will it be enough? NW, Meatchicken n Sparty are all staring us down. There's at least one win in there....hopefully two. MN & IA should be wins also, but ya never know. This is a strange season.
The Huskers have never defeated Purdue and Purdue kicked them around pretty good the last time so the 1-4 record may be deceiving..
Clever. Yes, NU is winless against the Purdue. Our record against the Boilermakers is 0-1. The last and only game was 1958. The score was 28-0.
I should wait until Friday to write this, but who knows what will happen by then. The Huskers seemed pretty jacked up about the first road game of the season and I don't think they will dissapoint.
Offense: Taylor Martinez gets another week to rest (hopefully) and I for one appreciate that the coahes have figured out that it's better to let a player heal thn to rush him back to early (Burkhead). Armstrong will have his best game of the season, Ameer will run wild, and the receiving corp will again dominate a less than stellar defense. Best quote of the week from Kenny Bell "It's fun going to another persons house and making them pay you rent".
Defense: It's hard not to want to mention Randy Gregory as I am certain he has had this game circled on his calendar since he signed to come to Nebraska last year. I see him having a huge game and putting constant pressure on am untested QB. The d has been steadily improving and this game presents the perfect opportunity for them to build some confidence and get some swagger back.
Glass of Beer Shot of Whisky: 17
Fearless Prediction: Ameer rushes for 150 and 2 scores. Kenny Bell backs up the talk and has his first 100 yard receving day of the season. Afalava and Rose each record 10 tackles.
Purdue is scoring a league low of 17.0 points per game. Purdue defense is giving up a league high 36.6 points per game. Therefore the ol' Magic 8 Ball sez: Big Red Corn Smackers 37, Sheet Metal Tin Cups 17.
Big Red 48 Boilermakers 21
First road game of the year. Sheesh. 8 home games. Double Sheesh. Sometimes teams and staffs take more time to jell. Coagulation in process:
Corn 48...................old furnaces ........14
Purdue often plays to the level of their competition and may hang with the Huskers for a while but Armstrong & Co pull away at the end
High Octain Grain 31
Boiler Boys 21
Maybe Nebraska should have let Martinez warm up in this game against Purdue. The second half of the season is the half that they play good teams.